The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) right this moment awarded autonomous automobile startup AutoX a allow authorizing it to check driverless automobiles on streets inside a chosen a part of San Jose. While AutoX has had state authority to pilot automobiles with security drivers since 2017, the brand new license permits the corporate to check one autonomous automobile with no driver behind the wheel on streets round its San Jose headquarters.
With the allow — the third-ever awarded in California’s historical past, following issuances to Waymo and Nuro — AutoX will be capable to drive its check automobiles in “fair weather conditions” and light-weight precipitation on streets at speeds not exceeding 45 miles per hour. Currently, 62 corporations have an lively allow to check autonomous automobiles with a security driver.
AutoX, which not too long ago launched robo-taxi companies in Shenzhen and Shanghai involving fleets as giant as 100 automobiles, was based by former Princeton University assistant professor Xiao Jianxiong, who additionally serves as the corporate’s CEO. Xiao launched AutoX in 2016 with the objective of “democratizing” autonomy by a full-stack system — AI Driver — packing solid-state lidar sensors, high-definition cameras, and a pc that acts because the brains of the system. He typically claims that a part of the corporate’s secret sauce is a custom-designed management unit dubbed the XCU, which ostensibly delivers quicker processing velocity and extra computational functionality than competing options.
The issuance of the brand new allow follows AutoX’s August 2018 autonomous grocery supply pilot in San Jose, in partnership with GrubMarket.com and native grocery retailer DeMartini Orchard. The firm claims to be the primary autonomous automobile startup in China to deploy self-driving automobiles that may attain speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour and one of many first whose automobiles are linked to Shanghai’s 5G-based vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) expertise, which permits them to speak with highway infrastructure and visitors lights.
AutoX is backed by Alibaba and primarily based in Hong Kong, and it has secured over $160.1 million in enterprise capital financing thus far from traders together with Plug and Play Ventures, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and Dongfeng Motor Group. In January, the corporate stated it could companion with Fiat Chrysler to roll out robo-taxi companies each inside China and different nations in Asia. And final yr, AutoX introduced a collaboration with NEVS to deploy an autonomous taxi pilot in Europe by the tip of 2020.
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